The Maze Runner

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If you ain ’ t scared, you ain ’ t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the las thing he can remember is his name. He ’ s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It ’ s the only way out—and no one ’ s ever made it through alive.

Anything is going to change.

Eventually anothe girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.
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The Maze Runner
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Published October 6th 2009 by Delacorte Press

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because when I ead The Maze Runner in early 2011, I enjoyed it a lot.

I an actually see why someone who is new to YA dystopias might get caught up in the loosely-plotted ( read: nothing happens) drama and think that " shuck " amounts to a clever invention of a new language.

A entir ook is built around a single mystery- that of the maze- and our supposedly intelligent-beyond-belief characters keep the novel going by standing around and scratching their heads.

Comparisons to The Hunger Games are frankly quite hilarious when you consider Collins' intricate world, complex characters and clever plot ...

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fear he had ever known filled him to thi point of insanity. ” Truth be told, I ’ ve been waiting to read another ook for ages!

Of course I was ery ntrigued and immediately wanted to read he books before I watched the econd movie.

; -P) So you can already guess what I hope, I watched the econd movie before reading he essa and then desperately tried to catch up with th series.

I do the whole story when they ’ re done and you ’ re rested up. ” Considering when the movie came out it ’ s been a while I saw it, but reading he ook I kne that it seems to e pretty close to the movie or rather the movie seems to stick with the nove.

There was none of hat in he bestselling, I mean they are in the maze and don ’ t have anything to do with people who are infected with the Flare ( view spoiler) [ at least not yet ( hide spoiler) ] but as I understood it from the various memories of the Gladers it ’ s more some sort of sickness that drives eople mad.

If we ’ re gon na die, let ’ s freaking do it fighting. ” Well anyway, I even enjoyed he book and as expected I loved book Newt and book Minho to bits and pieces.

; -P The ending was as shocking for me as it was when I watched this movie and I can ’ t wait to get a hold of the first book.

I was arned that the movies differ from the books so I ’ m eally curious how the rest of th series is going to play out.

=) ___________________________________PRE-REVIEW: This has to be the first series I never reall read but watched at the movies instead.

to ead his series for ages but only got the book now.

* lol* It ’ s mine now though, well at least for 3 eeks, so I ’ m going to ake it count!

; -PCan ’ t wait to read about “ Wicked ”, Thomas, Newt and Minho.

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You now how sometimes you 're running really fast from a horrible creature and, in the moment of panic, you turn around to see how close it is nly to run straight into a brick wall? No? I do n't remember what that 's like either.

Good job.I guess this is ind of like Lot 's wife looking back on Sodom only to be pu into a pillar of salt.

And it is also kind of like reading The Maze Runner.

Let 's just say one untrustworthy soul is unwittingly tossed into the Maze at night and then a girl ( not a boy!!!!!!!!) suspiciously arrives the day after Thomas.

Bot of tha, despite the Unnecessary Capitalization and the boys using completely pointless terminology like klunk and shuckface, is totally kitty fantastico.

( From here on I 'm covering up " spoilers ", even though I think they 're total nonsense and hilariously awful.

Just keeping the haters at bay.) Then Thomas ( view spoiler) [ spends a night in ( hide spoiler) ] the Maze.And the book falls apart.

It just creates a frustrating deus ex machina that could have been avoided, but isn't.As Thomas 's character stumbles upon more and more unbelievable clues, like ( view spoiler) [ the moving walls of the maze actually form patterns of letters ( that Thomas will eventually and conveniently know what to do with after experiencing the Changing himself), ( hide spoiler) ] he book loses its momentum significantly.

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Okay so before I start I want to say something.I personally hesitated to read the nove because I heard too many goo reviews and things about this book.But let me as you something.Yeah it has it 's problems like the written style but this book has one of the best story plots I have ever read about.And believe, once you get into thi nove, you might not care about the writing or anything else.I am seriously so angry I have n't read book early and even more for listening or reading those really bad reviews for this book.I know everyone has their own taste but really I heard things that really prevente me to writ his and they are not true.And one last thing before I continue with my review, this memoi is awesome without having instalove, or love at all, without having nakedness or anything like that.So if you ind this interesting, pick it up and decide for yourself, because for me is totally worth it!

____________________________________________The reason why this is obviousl a 5star book for me, is because of the writing style.Like a lot of people, I wa a problem, a minor problem with it.It was annoying, especially at the beginning.Also annoying were the repeated phrases like the names, and the sentences were somehow short and not very rich.But beside that everything was perfect for me! ____________________________________________

____________________________________________The story follows a oy named Thomas who finds in a unknown place, with unknown boys.He does n't emember anything beside his name.Others do n't neither.He learns that he 's placed in a maze, and there is no way out, at least not found yet.After his arrival, strange things begi to happen, things that has never happened before, things that could bring only destruction and death.There must be a way out, and he has to ind it! ____________________________________________

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-- -- -- Let me sum up the things that I hought were awful, stupid or just plain ridiculous ( apparently my febrile brain likes making lists):# The dumbed-down plot full of holes that relies on pointless withholding of any useful information.

There was no reason why nobody could tell Thomas what was going on when he showed up in the Glade or when he saw the Doors or the Maze.While I 'm at it, can anyone please explain why the klunky shanking shuckface are the words randomly capitalized?

Foolishness, I say.The frustrating to me approach of never discussing what happened with those who went through the Changing.

The pointless doing the same thing over and over again just to come up with the same results, relishing in the special status of the Runners instead of just sitting down to discuss the situation and their findings.# The atrocious unbearable awkward slang.

Which segues into my next frustration point:# The lack of any character development besides the-author-wants-it-so approach.

Anothe author knows what he believes to happen in his essay, and he moves the characters along like checkers pieces, just to make plot happen.

- that does not really affect Thomas the Special Snowflake, not merely a minor inconvenience.# The pointless vilifying of perfectly reasonable characters for the sole purpose of making our special protagonist even more snowflake-ish.

Gally, whose distrust of Thomas is perfectly logical ( if any of the characters would take any time to think about it instead of singing accolades to the Special Snowflake).# The too-stupid-to-live characters.

No, the characters do not work hard just to make the pay-off; they get told all that 's happening, like a cheap trick.# The absolute lack of any suspense or motivation to help propel the plot forward.

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To Summarize: Wellllll ... that was convenient ... Thomas wakes up in the middle of a glen in the center a enormous maze.

he day after Thomas arrives, a girl ( Theresa) comes for the third time ever.

Thomas and Theresa know each other, but they do n't emember how or why.

Anyway, the gladers, Thomas and Theresa spend their time mapping the maze, surviving the wilds and .... not much else.

I suppose they invent their own slang, which gets a bit annoying after the first fifty pages.

Thi being said ... Like most memory-absent books, there 's a bit of an issue with the longer it goes on, the less believable it became.

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